Jordan Now Seeing More Women In The Labor Market
Some women in Jordan and Syria have the desire to work outside and defy what the society is used to – that women should stay inside the house. These countries are now seeing more women venturing into the labor market. These women are trying to work their way into professions that have been known to be dominated by men for many centuries including plumbing.
In Amman is a city called Irbid where five women who are a combination of Syrian and Jordanian decided to work as plumbers. They are now proudly wearing the blue uniform designated for the specific trade. Last year, they founded the first ever female plumbing company in the country. The Syrian women decided to try plumbing because of their desire to earn for their families. They are in Jordan because they have escaped the civil war that continues to plague Syria since 2011. The conflict resulted to a negative impact on their savings. The Jordanian women, on the other hand, decided to brave the trade because of the worsening economic condition of the country, poverty as well as lack of employment opportunities.
Safa Sukariya was one of the Syrians who escaped the country in 2013 and decided to settle down in Irbid. Fleeing means she has to leave behind her business which is a Damascus accessories store. Because of the lack of job and no savings, she decided to start working in order to provide for her three children.
She started plumbing after she accomplished the training course she attended in 2015 which is granted by the German Center for International Cooperation together with Hakama Vocational Training Institute. Sukariya admitted that people did not welcome the idea at first but then they have eventually come to terms that women living alone has to provide for themselves especially those husband has been taken by the war.
According to a Population and Housing Census conducted in 2015, there are 249,241 households in Jordan that are headed by women. It accounts to 12.8 per cent of the total population. Majority of these households are residing in urban areas. In the account of Syrian refugees, 42,749 families are headed by women or 16.9 per cent. While it is common to see women plumbers in Bristol, this is a first for Jordan and it created a path for other women to pursue other profession even those that are usually dominated by men.